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Family Tree October - November 2019

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Family Tree Magazine will help point the way toward the best research tools and practices to trace your family's history. Each issue includes tips on locating, collecting, and preserving photos, letters, diaries, church and government records, and other documentation, plus fun articles about creating scrapbooks, organizing family reunions, and vacation ideas that combine history with leisure!

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1 min.
out on a limb

I love fall: cool and crisp weather, new school supplies, hot apple cider. And who doesn’t love to watch the leaves transition from green to bright orange, red and yellow? Life settles down a bit as one season drifts into another. Like the trees at this time of year, our leaves here at Family Tree are changing. This summer, Family Tree was purchased by Yankee Publishing, Inc. (YPI), a company with a long, successful track record in publishing. New Englanders might recognize YPI as the publisher of Yankee and New Hampshire magazines. And fans of The Old Farmer’s Almanac might also know YPI, which has owned the publishing rights to the almanac since the 1930s. Better still, YPI is a family affair: CEO Jamie Trowbridge is the grandson of Robb Sagendorph, who founded…

1 min.
tree talk

Loved listening to family stories as a kid, but there were just as many mysteries as there were fascinating facts.@RidgeHusum via Twitter When I was 16, my grandmother showed me her genealogy research. I was fascinated! I never really had the time to do it until my kids were older, but from the moment I started, I was hooked! That’s been 17 years of research. I love it! It’s like putting together the ultimate puzzle!Karla Riker Hall via Facebook I didn’t want to be forgotten. When I was little I didn’t know anyone with the last name Pinet. So I made a promise to myself to do family history so that my future kids would know where they come from. Fast-forward to now, I am helping members in my church and school with…

1 min.

“THE CORE BELIEF OF THE HOLIDAY is so poetic and simple: as long as we remember those who have passed away, as long as we tell their stories, sing their songs, tell their jokes, cook their favorite dishes, then they are with us, around us and in our hearts. The moment we forget them…then they are truly gone.” Director and animator Jorge Gutierrez explains the allure of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday honoring the deceased, in his book The Art of the Book of Life (Dark Horse Books). From October 31 through November 2 each year, celebrants visit cemeteries and adorn their ancestors’ tombstones with ofrendas (“offerings,” or altars) that bear flowers, photos or the deceased’s favorite foods or drinks. Gutierrez’s 2014 animated film, The Book…

2 min.
autumnal ancestry

On the Road I fit in some sightseeing around a recent trip to Birmingham, England, where I was keynoting a new genealogy conference called The Genealogy Show <>. On the top of my list was Haddon Hall <>, touted by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” to be “the most perfect English House to have survived the Middle Ages.” This fortified medieval manor house offers a glimpse of early English life and history. Family History on Display A collection of Grandma’s hankies can go from junk drawer to wall art with just a bit of effort. With chalk, I painted an old souvenir spoon display rack that I picked up at a garage sale for a quarter. A light sanding along the edges gave it an even more vintage look. Then, I simply…

4 min.
shooting the moon

2019 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Almost as long as humans could dream or draw, the Moon has captured our imagination. A 5,000-year-old rock carving in Ireland depicts the Moon, and the Ancient Greeks envisioned a trip to the Moon as early as the second century A.D. But we’ve come a long way from just imagining Moon travel; astronaut Alan Shepard hit the first golf ball on the Moon in 1971. 450 B.C. The Greeks make early astronomical discoveries related to the Moon. Anaxagoras, a Greek philosopher, theorizes that the Moon doesn’t shine with its own light, but rather with light reflected from the sun. Later Greeks realize the Moon is much closer to the Earth than the Earth is to the Sun, and that the Moon…

3 min.
caring for heirloom linens

1 Record the artifact’s history. Textiles can indicate your family’s ethnic roots, as well as your family member’s skill and craftsmanship as an embroiderer. Write down what you know about the artifact: who made it, when it was made, when it was used and who the previous owners were. This heirloom history may even help solve a family history puzzle! Keep one copy with your genealogy research notes and another written on acid-free paper stored with the linen. 2 Treat heirloom linens like you would a suit or dress. Handle linens carefully, and always launder them before storing. Wear a pair of white cotton or nitrile gloves when handling textiles to protect the cloth from body oils and lotions. Inspect table linens for stains or tears, and unfold them carefully over a table…